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DMZ bridges the divide

June 22, 2018

SET in a disused railway station on the border between North and South Korea the DMZ Peace Train Music Festival (cap. 5,000) may be one of the most ambitious festivals ever staged. Due to take place at Wolijeong train station in the Korean Demilitarisation Zone (DMZ), the event has been…

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Stockholm to stage Lolla

June 22, 2018

Stockholm is to become the third European city to host international festival brand Lollapalooza, with the location being described as “the perfect match” by organisers. The festival, which is already held in Germany’s Berlin and France’s Paris, will take place at Gärdet from 28-29 June next year and consist of…

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Festival machine heads for chateau

June 22, 2018

The medieval town of Camon in the south of France will be the backdrop for the three-day Machine du Vin (cap. 10,000) festival. Having already staged events, featuring music and wine, across vineyards in Australia organiser Wine Machine is to hold the festival in the grounds of Abbaye Chateau de…

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Riding the waves

May 22, 2018

More than 150 performances will take place across 15 stages during Rotterdam’s North Sea Jazz (cap. 20,000) festival. Lauded by organisers Live Nation-owned Mojo Concerts as the world’s largest indoor music festival, the event at Rotterdam Ahoy (15,000) has been running since 1976. “Since our move to Rotterdam in 2006,…

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Festivals seek permanence

May 22, 2018

Two of the country’s biggest festivals are seeking permission to make the site of their current events permanent. Splendour in the Grass (cap. 35,000) and Falls festival (16,000), both organised by Secret Sounds, are staged at North Byron Parklands in New South Wales. The site has been hosting the festivals…

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The secret’s out

May 21, 2018

Held during Northern hemisphere’s summer solstice the 18,000-capacity Secret Solstice promises festival-goers 96 hours of daylight. Now in its fifth year, having begun life as an event for 3,000 people, the festival based in the Laugardalur area of capital Reykjavik has grown rapidly. “We sold-out for the first time in…

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Authentic festival experience at BBK

April 27, 2018

Fans attending Bilbao’s BBK Live (cap. 40,000) can expect improvements in all aspects of the festival as its prepares for its 12th year, say organisers. The Last Tour international-promoted event takes place from 12-14 July on Kobetamendi mountain, overlooking the city. “We have been making improvements year-on-year to improve the…

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A touch of the Irish comes to Sydney

April 26, 2018

A fusion of Irish music, culture, dance and sport will be on display as part of the inaugural Magners Sydney Irish Festival, taking place in Sydney. The event, held on 10 and 11 November, will be staged at Sydney Showground (cap. 16,000) and Sydney Olympic Park (25,000), with a concert…

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Sena takes over Airwaves

April 26, 2018

Promoter Sena Live says it will look to book more home-grown acts alongside international artistes after buying multi-venue festival Iceland Airwaves (overall cap. 9,000). The event, which is held in Reykjavik in November, was owned by the festival’s main sponsor, the airline Icelandair. Sena has also bought the rights to…

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Debut event in beach paradise

March 20, 2018

A remote beach setting is to be the location for the country’s first international music festival. Kala festival (cap. 2,000) will take place over seven days between 20-27 June. Organised by UK-based Mainstage Festivals the event will feature five stages, along with a sixth hidden stage which is only accessible…

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